It is wonderful
to be able to share with you a message that I believe will
uplift and motivate you, and inspire you to realize the
uniqueness you have as a special creation by God. We truly
have been created by a Creator for a purpose and for a reason.
There are six billion people on planet earth, every single
one of us totally and completely unique, handpicked, hand
created, hand carved, and shaped by God Himself. In recent
messages we have looked at Genesis 1 and we have seen it
is not a scientific explanation of how the world began as
much as it is a spiritual realization of the sovereignty
of God. God in His immensity and in His sovereignty was
able to separate the light from the darkness. He was able
to separate the lands and the waters. He was able to create
an atmosphere. He was able to create vegetation. All that
God created, He created for you and for me.
On days five
and six in Genesis 1, we read that God created all of the
life in the sea, all of the life in the air, and all of
the life on the land. Then He specifically made Adam and
Eve. I think about all the life in the air and then I think
of the fact that if I were God, there are a couple creatures
I probably wouldn't have made. I would be absolutely tickled
pink if I didn’t have to deal with mosquitoes, especially
at night; but, I am sure God knew what He was doing! God
created all of the flying things. Then He created all of
the things in the sea. If we look at the ocean and experience
what is in the sea it is absolutely amazing. I love the
ocean. It is the place where I go to experience the wilderness.
I went to college in Holland, Michigan and I became head
over heels in love with the wilderness. When I was in Michigan
I would go to this huge wilderness park and I could throw
a canoe in the river and I’d paddle up the Kalamazoo
River and I would be a million miles from no where and it
was absolutely beautiful and pristine and I loved that wilderness!
After four years I knew that I had to come to Pasadena,
California to get my graduate degree because I wanted to
go to Fuller Seminary. When I came back to California, I
discovered that I was very close to a different kind of
wilderness. It is right off shore and it's called the Pacific
Ocean. If you go two miles off shore you will see that it
is a big ocean!
I love to see
the life in the ocean. The best way to see life in the ocean
is to go out there at night. If you go out in the ocean
at night when it is pitch black, and hang a submersible
light over the side of a boat it won't take very long and
the first thing that will show up will be what we call the
bugs. They look like a bunch of little worms and they look
like bugs. They start off with a few hundred and then a
few thousand and then it gets so thick it looks like you
could just pick them up out of the water with your hand.
It is absolutely amazing how thick they can get. Then, holy
mackerel, guess what comes next? The mackerel, and they
come and they start feeding on these little bugs; or, sometimes
it might be the squid who come and feed on the bugs. Then,
out in the darkness you hear a big splash. Occasionally
all of a sudden, out from the water will come something
leaping into the boat and it'll slam against the side of
the boat and there it is laying in the light, a flying fish.
He flies out of the water because the seals are chasing
him. Sometimes there are sharks and who knows what else
might show up, it is just amazing. It’s a wilderness!
I look at the
sea that God has made, I look at the flying creatures and
the amount of life on this planet and it is absolutely amazing.
How many billions upon billions upon billions of insects
and gnats and ants and bugs and sea life exist to this very
moment? Then God created the land animals. He created all
of the great things. He put the cattle in the hills and
the cats in the jungles, it is all beautiful. God created
all these wonderful creatures both great and small and what
did He make them for? He made them for you and me! He made
them so we can enjoy them. He made them so we could have
dominion over them. He made this entire planet, this entire
globe and everything on it and then He made Adam and He
made Eve and He said, "This is my gift to you."
The whole thing. My gift to you.
God created Adam
and He created Eve. He created this incredible universe
and He placed them in the center of it and said, "this
is yours." We look at our lives and where we are today
and we think "for Adam and Eve that was a great gift
but now here we are. There are six billion people on planet
earth, what makes me unique? Why would God care about me?"
Let me take you back to the ocean on the boat at night.
All of that life, billions of little insects, just in one
little spot. Think about how many creatures there are on
planet earth this very moment. For ten billion creatures
on planet earth, there is one human being created by God.
God created us with a special gift, a unique gift. That
unique gift is what Michael Guillen calls SQ. Spiritual
Quotient. Not only do we have the highest IQ intelligence
quotient, but we are the only creature on planet earth built
with SQ, a spiritual quotient. God gave us that quotient,
the ability to be able to live in such a way that, out of
thankfulness for everything He has given to us, and the
responsibility that entails, we have the ability to worship
and to thank Him. How do we worship and thank God? What
is it that our lives are intended to do? What is it that
God asks us to do? He asks us to "love one another
as I have loved you."
Today I challenge
you to love your neighbor as yourself. Do for others as
you would have them do unto you. Care for this globe. As
Christ said, "Care for the least of these, my children."
God created the heavens and the earth. He put us here and
He has given it to us. Thank You God, for we love You Lord,
Father we thank You that You have established the heavens
and the earth. That You have established us as Your children,
that You have established the universe and all that is within
it because You have a plan for our lives. So help us to
see and to believe and to move according to Your will to
realize Your presence here today and always, Amen.